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  • Bishops have been on a losing streak in U.S. political arena

    07/21/2018 8:01:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 20, 2018 | Christopher Manion
    America’s politicized Catholic bishops – and unfortunately, that means most of them – have had a pretty bad year. Their campaign demanding amnesty for illegal aliens and a wide-open border policy has been a flop. Consider: They opposed two immigration bills in Congress for not going far enough, but both failed for going too far. Some bishops are so frustrated that they lash out at politicians, even strong-pro-lifers who oppose Obama’s unconstitutional “Dreamers” amnesty. Amnesty is still the bishops’ prime mandate. But they have also suffered setbacks at the Supreme Court. First, the justices ruled that President Trump’s temporary ban...
  • [Catholic Caucus] US Bishops Blast Trump, Wimp Out on Abortion

    07/10/2018 12:50:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | July 10, 2018 | Jason Morgan
    Bishop Edward Weisenburger (right) would like to canonically punish those who advocate the prosecution of illegal immigrants. On June 13, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston and Houston and head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, read aloud a statement at the USCCB spring meeting in which he denounced the immigration policies of United States President Donald Trump and Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions. Cardinal DiNardo was particularly exercised by Trump’s and Sessions’ policy of refusing asylum to those fleeing gang violence, and of prosecuting everyone who illegally enters the United States, a practice which...
  • Catholic bishops rebuke Trump’s asylum changes, suggest ‘canonical penalties’

    06/14/2018 11:52:58 PM PDT · by Marchmain · 43 replies
    RNS Religious News Service ^ | June 13, 2018 | rns
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (RNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its spring meeting this week with a stern reproach of the Trump administration’s latest immigration policies, with the group’s president suggesting the new rules on asylum are a “right to life” issue. Some bishops followed by urging protests, including “canonical penalties” for those who carry out the administration’s new rules. (cut) Cardinal proposed that a bishops be sent to the border to inspect the detention facilities where children are kept as a “sign of our pastoral concern and protest against the hardening of the American heart.” (continues)
  • [Cath Cauc] Weinandy: faithful must mount response to Church leadership's attack on her identity.

    02/28/2018 2:01:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    De Omnibus Dubitandum Est. ^ | February 28, 2018 | Mark Lambert
    Former Head of US Bishops Doctrine Committee: faithful must mount response to Church leadership's attack on her identity. Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, a member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission and former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops' committee on doctrine says the Church’s leadership is attacking her identity and calls on the faithful to mount a ‘robustly positive’ response. The thrust of Fr. Weinandy's landmark speech at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney, Australia, Feb. 24 was that, only when Catholics grasp that the Church’s unity, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity are under attack by the Church’s current...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Virginia Catholic Conference, Abortion, and the Tenth Amendment

    02/24/2018 5:18:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | February 24, 2018 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Virginia Catholic Conference, Abortion, and the Tenth Amendment My pastor recently asked me if I would be the point of contact in the parish for the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) which is basically the Catholic lobby group for the two Virginia dioceses, Arlington and Richmond. I rarely say yes to anything without giving it serious consideration and research, so I've been examining the VCC website and looking at their 2018 legislative agenda. Not surprisingly, their agenda is filled with issues that are questions of prudential judgment (on things like immigration, gun control, consumer protection, etc.) rather than issues involving non-negotiable...

    02/23/2018 6:59:32 AM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 22, 2018 | Alexander Slavsky
    The U.S. bishops are proclaiming February 26, National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers, after legislation to protect dreamers failed to pass the Senate last week. A joint statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced Monday: "[W]e will be asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress next Monday, February 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process." The Senate failed on February 15 to pass a bipartisan measure that included a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Of Popes, Bishops, Priests – and the Bridge Too Far

    01/24/2018 6:58:30 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 24, 2018 | Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
    Today, however, there seems to be an inversion of these priorities, resulting in significant distortions: The sequence is not priest, prophet, and king with the accent on service, but king, prophet, and priest with the accent on ecclesial authority, Christ being largely absent. The long history of papal triumphalism in the name of Christ came to a symbolic end with Paul VI’s retirement of the papal tiara (now on display at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.). Papal leadership in defense of Christendom also symbolically ended with Pope Paul’s return of the Turkish battle flag captured by Christians at...
  • [Cath Caucus] USCCB Lobbies Congress to Fund Agency Funding Planned Parenthood

    01/22/2018 5:43:46 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | January 22, 2018 | Michael Hichborn
    US Bishop Conference Lobbies Congress to Fund Agency Funding Planned Parenthood The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have once again written to Congress requesting “robust funding” for two agencies deeply committed to the promotion and distribution of contraception, one of which provides millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood.In a 1 December 2017 joint letter to the director for the Office of Management and Budget, and copied to all members of Congress, Archbishop Broglio, the USCCB’s chairman for the Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Sean Callahan, the president of Catholic Relief Services, urged...
  • Life Marches On

    01/13/2018 7:11:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | January 13, 2018 | Christopher Manion
    As hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers prepare for the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington on January 19, America is benefiting from the best year since 1973 when it comes to policies affirming the value of life. President Trump has reaffirmed and broadened the Mexico City Policy established by Ronald Reagan. He has targeted Obama’s notorious HHS Mandate for extinction, halted United Nations abortion funding, and successfully named Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Despite these accomplishments, America’s Catholic bishops have found it difficult to praise President Trump. When forced to do so, their tone is begrudging and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] USCCB To Spearhead Meeting Of Katholyc Social Justice Warriors

    12/21/2017 8:45:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | December 20, 2017 | Restore DC Catholicism
    USCCB To Spearhead Meeting Of Katholyc Social Justice Warriors In February 2018, the USCCB will be hosting the "2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering".  What will they be discussing?  How about the wanton slaughter of thousands of babies everyday via abortion?  That's going on 2 million babies in the US alone that have been murdered since 1973.  But no, that's not going to be mentioned at this "gathering".  How about the encroaching of gay sexual perversions in our culture as these people maul and mutilate anyone who dares to live by their Christian principles?  That too doesn't rate a blip on...
  • Michael Hichborn: CCHD Offered Me a Grant, Hoped I would Stop Investigating Other Grantees

    12/12/2017 2:37:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Lepanto Institue ^ | December 12, 2017 | Michael Hichborn
    Yesterday, someone forwarded to the Lepanto Institute an email from Ralph McCloud, the Executive Director for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  McCloud’s email was written to address recent concerns raised by the Lepanto Institute regarding CCHD grants.  You can read McCloud’s email here. In typical fashion, McCloud never actually addressed any specific concerns, but stressed the CCHD’s procedure for allegedly ensuring a high standard of accountability.  At the beginning of the letter, McCloud said the following:“In years past, CCHD staff met with Mr. Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute with no positive results.  Additionally, the CCHD Subcommittee asked that...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Your Catholic Week in Review (CCHD Edition!)

    11/24/2017 8:18:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | November 24, 2017 | Michael Hichborn
    Your Catholic Week in Review (CCHD Edition!) Another disastrous CCHD collection nationwide as more and more parishes are dropping "Alinsky Bucks" into the collection plate rather than subsidize the Obama-Soros population control agenda.     This oft-criticized hub for Alinskyite activism is still trapped in a cycle of anti-Catholic political activism to incredibly shady organizations, as the USCCB finally released their list of 2016-2017 CCHD Grantees.  The list is not encouraging in the slightest.   Click here to read the substance of our CCHD overview at the Lepanto Institute.   Meanwhile, the journalists bloggers over at the font of political leftism...
  • U.S. bishop refuses to say if Amoris Laetitia allows adulterers to receive Communion

    11/14/2017 4:02:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 14, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    Update at 2:13 p.m. on November 14: The U.S. bishops voted 223 to 12 to develop a “formal statement” of a Renewed Pastoral Plan for Marriage and Family Life Ministry and Advocacy in light of Amoris Laetitia. Three bishops abstained from voting. BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Representing the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, refused to say this afternoon whether Amoris Laetitia allows Catholics living in adultery to receive Holy Communion. “That’s not an answer I’m going to provide for you,” Malone said. He’d been asked point-blank by...
  • Will U.S. Catholic Bishops Choose Life?

    11/12/2017 1:02:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    The Stream ^ | November 4, 2017 | John Zmirack
    We don’t look to The Wall Street Journal for its religion reporting. But a recent piece stands out. It shows American Catholicism at a crossroads. It’s rare that a single decision decides the future of a church in a nation. But we face such a moment now. As the Journal explains, the bishops will vote on a crucial staff post. Who will lead the Church’s pro-life efforts? The vote is down to two candidates — Cardinal Blase Cupich, of Chicago, and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, of Kansas City — who represent the ideological poles of the U.S. church and have articulated...
  • U.S. bishops to set agenda in era of Pope Francis, President Trump

    11/11/2017 8:18:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | November 11, 2017 | Christopher White
    When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Baltimore next week for their annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), they’ll attempt to set an agenda in reaction to two of the world’s most closely-watched and consequential figures: Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump. While the priorities of the pontiff will be instrumental in shaping their focus, it will likely be the actions of the president that yield the most immediate responses. Since Trump was elected in November 2016, the conference has issued nearly 100 more statements than the previous year -a clear indication of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Hypocrites!

    11/11/2017 3:39:10 PM PST · by ebb tide
    The Wanderer Press ^ | November 11, 2017 | Christopher Manion
    “Hypocrites!” That’s what Bishop Mark Seitz called Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last summer when Paxton led a group of officials defending the Constitution. Meanwhile the bishop admitted that he had never publicly corrected, much less condemned, Catholic Cong. Beto O’Rourke, his 100 percent pro-abortion U.S. representative. Well. While El Paso’s petulant prelate maintains his right to remain silent, let’s take a look at what his alleged “hypocrite,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, has been up to. Last week, Paxton went into federal court to defend SB 8, a Texas law prohibiting “dismemberment abortion.” “I will always fight to protect...
  • Letter to Congress Urging Funding for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    11/10/2017 4:24:00 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ^ | November 10, 2017 | Oscar Cantú / Frank J. Dewane
    By supporting the UNFCCC, the United States can direct attention and resources towards adaptation measures that help all people, especially the poor, adapt to the effects of climate change globally.
  • One year after the election of Trump, the U.S. bishops shift focus [Barf Alert]

    11/08/2017 7:07:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | November 8, 2017 | Christopher White
    “There was a great deal of fear because of all of the rhetoric,” he told Crux. “I was receiving calls from teachers asking what do I say to my schoolchildren that are coming to school crying and some of them are having panic attacks…There was a lot of fear and it began from the day of the election.” “At that time we began to think about what we should be doing as a Church and what we could do,” Seitz recalled.“To be honest with you, we were feeling kind of helpless…We couldn’t go to the people and say ‘don’t worry,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] SO MUCH FOR MERCY & DIALOGUE: ...

    11/04/2017 6:29:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 3, 2017 | HIlary White
    SO MUCH FOR MERCY & DIALOGUE: Member of Vatican International Theological Commission Sacked forQuestioning Pope of Mercy & Dialogue The Catholic Twitterverse is alive today with criticism of the USCCB’s decision to sack Fr. Thomas Weinandy, the former head of their doctrinal office. It took a matter of hours for the brave defenders of the status quo to leap into action against the mild Franciscan friar’s polite plea to Pope Francis to defend the Catholic Faith and faithful. Or at least to stop attacking them. In a letter made public November 1st, Fr. Weinandy, a former chief of staff for the...
  • Catholic Caucus: The USCCB and the Weaponization of “Dialogue”

    11/04/2017 8:22:51 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 3, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    In the wake of the latest instance of a faithful son of the Church pointing out that the papal emperor has no clothes, we have been treated to yet another flurry of loud and aggressive assertions that there is nothing to see here, no confusion really exists, and can everyone please stop acting childish and just move along? Meanwhile, that faithful son — Fr. Thomas Weinandy — has been forced out of his position as a doctrinal consultant to the USCCB, while their president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, had the audacity to talk about his “departure” under the auspices of “an opportunity...